Eddie Hardin, the keyboard player for the Spencer Davis Group, has died from a heart attack at age 66.
Eddie’s wife Liz broke the news of her husband’s death at his official website. “It is with deepest sadness and regret that I have to deliver the news that Eddie passed away yesterday. The cause was a heart attack while he was in the pool,” she wrote.
Hardin replaced Steve Winwood in the Spencer David Group when Winwood left to form Traffic in 1967. Hardin and drummer Pete York left in 1969 to form the duo Hardin and York. They recorded together though to 1995. The next chapter of the Spencer Davis Group included Nigel Olsson on drums and Dee Murray on bass, who would later leave to form the Elton John Band with Elton.
Hardin released a series of solo album between 1972 and 2000 including ‘Wind In The Willows President’ with Ringo Starr’s son Zak Starkey.
Harden co-wrote ‘Love Is All’ for The Butterfly Ball with Roger Glover and Ronnie James Dio. The song was a Top 10 hit in Australia, with thanks to Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum and Countdown. Meldrum programmed the song on his show three years after it was recorded in 1975. It reached no 10 in Australia in 1978.
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